These Maple Garlic Roasted Carrots are incredibly tender, bursting with flavour and are topped with a delectable Carrot Greens Chimichurri. They make a perfect side dish to any meal!

These Maple Garlic Roasted Carrots are incredibly tender, bursting with flavour and are topped with a delectable Carrot Greens Chimichurri. They make a perfect side dish to any meal!

I think it’s safe to say that the happiest part of my Saturdays are going to the farmer’s market. I love the new, organic, imperfect finds, and I think they are pretty symbolic of life itself: beauty in the flaws. These carrots were among my last farmer’s market’s finds and when combined with the glorious combination of garlic, maple syrup, coconut oil and thyme, produced the most fork tender, flavourful and divine roasted carrots I’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting. The real star of this recipe? The carrot greens chimichurri. Mind. Blown.

These Maple Garlic Roasted Carrots are incredibly tender, bursting with flavour and are topped with a delectable Carrot Greens Chimichurri. They make a perfect side dish to any meal!

It was a bittersweet moment cooking these carrots. They were sitting pretty in my fridge, given the top shelf glory spot, speckled in various shades of orange and purple for only two days before I remembered that they weren’t actually decoration. Some people might dislike the bumps, bruises and odd shapes but that’s exactly what drew me to them. I knew that I wanted to make a dish that was simple so as to preserve them in their natural state but to completely enhance their flavour. Roasting vegetables is kind of a no-brainer when it comes to that.

A few cloves of garlic and a mix of maple syrup, coconut oil and thyme later, these roasted carrots were born. Out came a sweet and savoury, completely fork tender piping hot bite of heaven. They are lit pieces of candy. Then came the carrot greens chimichurri which I have been putting on every. single. thing.

These Maple Garlic Roasted Carrots are incredibly tender, bursting with flavour and are topped with a delectable Carrot Greens Chimichurri. They make a perfect side dish to any meal!
I have been a fan of chimichurri for a few years and knew it would pair perfectly with these carrots. I thought it would be nice to try and utilise the entire carrot. After all, it’s all entirely edible. Carrot greens resemble parsley and cilantro and are like their thinner cousin. I washed them like I would any other herb, mixed in some chimichurri-esque ingredients (red onion, vinegar, garlic cloves, olive oil, lime and red pepper flakes) and left it to set. In case you’re wondering YES, the Mr. and I DO go through about 3 heads of garlic per week minimum. Sometimes I think my blog should be called Garlic in the Kitchen.

These Maple Garlic Roasted Carrots are incredibly tender, bursting with flavour and are topped with a delectable Carrot Greens Chimichurri. They make a perfect side dish to any meal!

This carrot greens chimichurri has probably been one of the best spreads I have ever tried. I am a lover of all things brine-y, and it captures everything that is a classic chimichurri. You wouldn’t even know it wasn’t parsley or cilantro. Two hours after I made it it tasted even better after the flavours got some time to marry, and the next day significantly more divine. I would recommend making the chimichurri first so that it’s at its max potential when it’s smothered on your carrots. P.S. – put it on everything. I had a carrot greens and vegan goat cheese naan bread pizza for dinner, I’ve been putting it on homemade bread, crackers, eating it with a spoon…you name it. It’s divine with a capital D.

These Maple Garlic Roasted Carrots are incredibly tender, bursting with flavour and are topped with a delectable Carrot Greens Chimichurri. They make a perfect side dish to any meal!

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Maple Garlic Roasted Carrots with Carrot Greens Chimichurri

Preparation 10 min Cook Time 15 min

Ingredients

Carrot Greens Chimichurri

  • 3 cups carrot greens, washed, dried and finely chopped (feel free to sub equal parts parsley and cilantro)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/3 cup red onions, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Freshly ground sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice

Maple Garlic Roasted Carrots

  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 3 sprigs thyme, chopped
  • Freshly ground sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 pound carrots, washed, dried and cut in half

Instructions

Carrot Greens Chimichurri

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and set aside to allow the flavours to marry.

Maple Garlic Roasted Carrots

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or greased foil. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together except the carrots. Add the carrots and mix the ingredients into the carrots by rubbing them in.
  3. Place the carrots on baking sheet and top with any of the seasonings still left back in the bowl.
  4. Roast for 15-18 minutes in the oven, watching to ensure they don't burn.
  5. Remove and allow to cool slightly. Season with salt if necessary.
  6. Top with the chimichurri. Enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

  1. This recipe is naturally gluten free and vegan.
  2. HOW TO STORE ROASTED CARROTS Store the carrots in an air-tight container in the fridge after they have cooled completely. They can be re-heated in the oven or the microwave.
  3. HOW TO STORE CHIMICHURRI The chimichurri can be stored in an air-tight container in the fridge. The olive oil may harden once it becomes cold. Remove from the fridge and allow to sit at room temperature for a few minutes until it softens again and then mix together.
  4. HOW TO FREEZE I would recommend freezing the carrots prior to roasting in a freezer-friendly zipped plastic bag. You can pour the chimichurri into an ice cube tray and freeze in blocks. To thaw, remove from freezer and allow to come to room temperature. Alternatively, you can use it as a herb substitute in soups and stews by dropping an ice cube in the mix.

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11 comments

  1. I love going to farmer’s markets, too! Unfortunately, they won’t be around where I live until at least May, but that’s ok. These carrots look gorgeous! I love the maple and garlic flavor. Perfection!

  2. Hi Jessica, always a pleasure to pop over to see what you’re up to in the kitchen.

    These carrots look delicious. I really enjoy your food styling and photography. Very inspiring.

    Have a great weekend.

    Lisa

  3. Pinning this. And only 3 heads of garlic a week 😉 Ha! Garlic is a must at our house too!

  4. Garlic and maple…I have no double these roasted carrots would be a hit in our house!

  5. marcie says:

    I’ve been roasting rainbow carrots so much lately — we can’t get enough! These are so gorgeous and I love that you used the carrot tops for chimichurri!

  6. Sarah says:

    Stumbled across this blog when I was looking for carrot green recipes. Is there a reason maple syrup isn’t listed in the ingredients? Would love to try the recipe but I don’t think it’s going to turn out as posted, thanks!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Sarah,

      I just fixed the recipe. Thanks for pointing that out. I hope you enjoy!! 🙂

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